Friday, October 31, 2014

All about the birds and the....stripes?? eShakti review

All about the birds and the....stripes?? eShakti review
(This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links. Although I received compensation in return for this post, all opinions are my own)

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by eShakti to do a product review. I have never done a sponsored post before so I was super excited that I was asked to take part in this one!! I had stumbled across a few other bloggers who wrote about the amazing experience that they had with eShakti, so I was beyond thrilled when my package came in the mail!!

Let me start out by telling you a little bit about the company.

"eShakti believes that all women have the right to wear affordable fashion that is made for them and makes them look their absolute best. eShakti began as a small website offering basic cottons and modestly embellished pieces. As we grew, we were tasked with providing design and fit solutions to meet our customers' needs. Today, we are an international fashion design company making custom clothing. Offering both style and fit customization for women size 0 through 36 is the heart of our business.

When I started browsing around their website, I noticed something that really stood out to me-you can customize almost anything about the clothes! I absolutely HATE when I am shopping and I find the perfect dress with the most beautiful print, only to realize that all of my goods are hanging out. Or an amazing maxi skirt that is 8" too long, something that even the highest heels can't fix. With eShakti, you will never have this problem! Not only can you customize the length of a skirt or a dress, but if want to change up the sleeves, add a decal or throw in a pocket, you can! You can literally design the clothing to fit YOUR taste and YOUR curves (or in my case, lack thereof). How awesome is that!

I selected the "Bird Applique Banded Stripe Dress," because lets face it, how much better does it get than stripes and a bird all on one dress? Here's a look at my selection:

 Absolutely adorable, right?!

I have such a hard time finding clothes that fit perfectly, so I was a little worried about ordering from a website, especially one that I had not bought from before. I went with the smallest size offered, figuring that this was my safest bet. I kept everything exactly as it was in the picture--I loved the cap sleeves, empire waist and adorable decal-and waiting for my delivery!....

I didn't have to wait long. The dress arrived within a week, perfectly pressed and packaged. From the moment I took the dress out of the packaging I could tell that the dress was made with amazing quality. The material was thick and durable, and the decal was carefully sewn on to the skirt. And you know what else? It fit PERFECT! The side zipper allowed for easy over-the-head access, fitting comfortably on every part of my body. The length was just right--it hit directly above my knee, which was perfect for this particular silhouette. OMG did I tell you that the dress has pockets!?! I literally spun around in front of my mirror for 30 minutes with my hands in the pockets, just because I could! I could not find one thing that I didn't love about the dress, and I couldn't wait to wear it to work!

I paired the dress with basic accessories, a sparkly belt and some spiky heels. The volume in the skirt felt so playful while the form fitting top was so girly! I literally wanted to spin in circles all day with my hands in those hidden pockets! After receiving countless compliments and a few questions regarding where the hell I had purchased a dress with birds on it, (my coworkers have become accustomed to my unique sense of fashion), I knew that I had selected the perfect dress! The length, the fit, the design---the dress is perfect!!! I can only imagine that everything else on the website it just as comfortable and adorable, and I can't wait to order another piece!!

Make sure you head on over to eShakti's website and take a look around. From now through 11/23 you can save 10% by using the promo code "keepingupwiththekeens."

Also a special thanks to my photographer "Melanie" for her conference room skills!

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Another list? Why not!?

Another list? Why not!?

I seriously love list posts. One, I don't actually have to think of anything specific to talk about.  Two, I get to ready about other people when they copy the list post. And three, they are a damn good time, amiright?! Since I am coming up on my 1 year blogiversary, I figured I could share just a few more interesting details about myself. You know, in case you don't already think I am a pretty awesome chick.

1:Do you always smile for pictures?
Most of the time..unless I am making some amazingly awesome this one....

Or this one....
Or this one....

2:Have you ever stolen a street sign before?
Yes!! As teenagers we may have stolen one a few and hung them in my friend's room for decoration. And then wrote all over them with sharpies. We were pretty awesome.

3:Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?
I have been known to do this on occasion. This is why coupon apps like snip-snap are the best thing since sliced turkey (turkey....bread...same difference)

4:Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of a bees?
This question is morbid...But I guess I would have to say bees because they won't follow you in the water...or rip your arm off

5:Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
Closed always! Closet door, bathroom door, bedroom door---everything! Who the hell knows what's lurking behind those doors!

6:What is your biggest pet peeve?
Wayyyyyy too many to list here...which allows for a wonderfully shameless plug to *this* blog post, which describes some of my biggest peeves!

7:Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
Doesn't everyone?

8:Have you ever peed in the woods?
More times than I can count...those woods got many a peep show back in the day

9:Do you ever dance even if there’s no music playing?
 On occasion...I also break out in song at any given time---which in turn provides music for my dancing

10:Do you chew your pens and pencils?
Noooooo way!! Do you know how many germs are on pens!? Imagine all of the people that use your pen on a daily basis...then imagine where ALL of their hands have been...

11:Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
Yes! I love when my hubs wear pink---it is super sexy and zero % feminine

12:What is your Song of the week?
Brett Eldredge "Mean To Me".  Greaaaaaat song!!! 

13:Whats your favorite movie?I am such a cheater when it comes to list posts...I can never narrow it down so I pick like 10...Obviously I am going to do the same here: The Notebook, P.S. I Love You, Armageddon, The Twilight Series

14:Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?
First, I'd dig a hole in the backyard...I'd hide the treasure in a waterproof bag, then pour some dirt on top..then I'd add an empty wooden box, and add some more dirt...Finally I would put an RIP Fluffy headstone on top...think about it, what sicko is going to dig up a dead pet looking for treasure?

15:What do you drink with dinner?
Usually milk or water, but if we have Dr. Pepper I am all over it

16:What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
Ketchup..and if I am at Burger King then BBQ sauce

17:What is your favorite food?
Omg I love food so much! I'll just say my hubby's steak, spaghetti, chicken parmesan, salad and greasy pepperoni & bacon pizza

18:Last person you kissed/kissed you?
My hubs <3

19:Were you ever a boy/girl scout?
I surely was not...I was a big fan of laziness and sleeping as a kid..clearly not much has changed in the last 20 something years

20:Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?

21:When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
Ummm, I wrote a birthday card to my dad a few days ago...I wrote a nice little message inside so this counts, obviously

22:Can you change the oil on a car?
I actually can...I can also change a tire or a headlight....fancy pants, huh?

23:Ever gotten a speeding ticket?
Yesssss but only one! I was driving out to see my best friend and was REALLLY excited to see her, and I still had like 6 hours of driving left!!

24:Ever ran out of gas?
No but I freak out about it all the time!! As soon as my light comes on I swear I am going to break down!

25:Favorite kind of sandwich?
Wawa Carolina honey smoked turkey, shorty, Provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, topped off with crushed up sour cream and onion lays...omg perfection

26:Best thing to eat for breakfast?
Buscuits & gravy with a potato, egg & cheese taquito from Whataburger

27:When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?
An indian, a jailbird, a baby...the best one ever was a TV!! Literally, my pop made me a TV out of a cardboard box..had the buttons, was amazing..

28:What is your Chinese astrological sign?

29:How many languages can you speak?
One...although I can curse in a few languages..

30:Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
Ok, so like 4 years ago I paid for 2 magazine subscriptions...after a year I cancelled them both, and have not been charged since. Apparently, when you cancel 2 subscriptions you automatically get signed up for 7 more, because for the last 3 years I have been getting every subscription known to man, and haven't paid for one of them...definitely not complaining, it's just a bit strange

31:Are you afraid of heights?
Yessss, so scared!!

32:Do you sing in the car?
I put on my own little show in the car...and by the way, I sound amazing...just ask my hubs :)

33:Do you sing in the shower?
No, I've never really been a big shower singer

34:Do you dance in the car?
Almost to the point of being dangerous

35:Ever used a gun?
No, I have luckily never had to

36:Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?
Ummmm, a few weeks ago a wedding I was working

37:Is Christmas stressful?
Ridiculously stressful and crazy expensive...but that's what it's all about, amiright?

38:Ever eat a pierogi?
I love me some pierogis!! Especially fried up with some butter...yummmm

39:Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
A model, a nun and a cardiac surgeon...pretty sure I would have been kicked out of the convent...

40:Do you believe in ghosts?
Yes, my house is definitely not lacking in the paranormal department.

41:Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?
Hasn't everyone at some point?

42:Wear slippers?
Every day, even in the dead of summer..I have oddly cold feet all the time

43:Wear a bath robe?
Almost every day...I love to snuggle on the couch in one when its freezing cold..and evidently I love to look like a 78 year old woman while doing so

44:What do you wear to bed?

45:First concert?
John Cougar Mellencamp!!!!  Back when he was still Cougar....

46:Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart?
Depends on what I'm getting...Housewares and clothes from Target...groceries and toiletries from Walmart...movies & games from K Mart because they are always cheapest

47:Nike or Adidas?
I despise sneakers...I only own one pair because the hubs insisted that I needed at least one pair..they are bright pink and have no laces..and I still dislike them

48:Cheetos Or Fritos?
Cheetos 100%...if we are being honest I am stuffing my face with Cheetos as I type this....

49:Can you curl your tongue?
Noooo and I am so jealous of everyone who can!! Apparently it only takes one gene to be able to do this...thanks a lot dad for lacking that gene as well 

50:Ever won a spelling bee?
No I lost when I spelled "calendar" as "calender" in like 3rd grade...damn 'e'

51:Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
When we got married!!!!

52:Who would you like to see in concert?
Chris Young & Sugarland

53:What was the last concert you saw?
We went to see Darius Rucker a few years ago...he was fabulous!

54:Hot tea or cold tea?
Hot...definitely hot

55:Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
Is that something that is difficult for some people??

56:Ever won a contest?
Yes, I am super lucky when it comes to contests!!! Concert tickets, gift certificates, hayride tickets, money, a free air purifier...a little bit of everything!

57:Ever have plastic surgery?
No way Jose...I'm good with my B-cups, flat tush and pointy nose thankyouverymuch...besides, does anyone realllllly want to look like this:

58:Which are better black or green olives?
How about neither

59:Can you knit or crochet?
I can kind of crochet...and by kind of I mean I can single stitch you a 30 foot long rope...pretty skilled

60:Whats your favorite color?
Neon the most obnoxious neon green in existence

Phewwww that was a long one!! Hopefully you were able to gather some more useless information about me..and hopefully I helped you pass at least 5 minutes or so.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Confession....I am a binge watcher...

Confession....I am a binge watcher...

Before the discovery of Netflix, the hubs and I would alternate between HGTV and Friends, depending on what time it was. Of course we had our once-a-week shows (TWD, SoA) that we would never miss, but we were never huge into following a series. All of that changed when we decided to sign up for Netflix. What started out as a free trial to catch up on Seasons 1 & 2 of TWD has turned into a nightly obsession. Seriously guys, it has become an all out binge fest at our crib. In the past 4 months we have blown through 4 seasons of TWD, 8 seasons of Dexter, 6 seasons of SoA and are halfway through our second season of American Horror Story. (#hashtagaddicted)

This brings me to my dilemma. There are only 2 seasons of American Horror Story on Netflix, which means we are about 3 days from running out of things to watch. Of course we could scroll endlessly through the ridiculous movies that no one has ever heard of (The Beast with a Million Eyes, The Incredible Two Headed Transplant....seriously Netflix?? ), but that has proven to be unsuccessful in the past. all of my fellow binge watchers---What the hell do we do now!?! We are in desperate need of a new show...and quick. People keep talking about OITNB & Game of Thrones, but I am on the fence about them. As evidenced by the last 4 series' that we have watched, there is not much that offends us. Blood, violence, nudity, zombies eating the faces off of unsuspecting humans. You name it we've seen it. Pleaseohpleaseohplease tell me what to watch next, otherwise my hubs will be stuck watching another "Open Water" type movie with me, and we know how much he hates that!

In return for all of your suggestions, I am going to share a quick synopsis of the 4 shows we have watched as of late. I don't want to give away too many spoilers so I will keep it short but ohmygod you have to watch these shows.

TWD (The Walking Dead)

If I had to sum the show up in one line: A group of people living in a post-apocalyptic world, surrounded by zombies, struggle to make it from one day to the next. Seriously, I would make the worst movie critic ever. Throw in Darryl (a bow-and-arrow-welding fox of a man) Rick, (a police officer turned group leader) and Michonne (a bad ass broad with a sword) and you have yourself one of the best shows ever. Trust me, I have zero interest in zombies and was hooked by the 1st episode.

SoA (Sons of Anarchy)

Let's see, one line to sum this one up: Can I just say Jax Teller? No, I guess not...How about this? An outlaw motorcycle gang (who also run a garage, by the way) living in a quiet little town attempt to protect their families, all while taking out the trash and keeping the peace with the cops. There is lots of death, even more sex, and did I mention Jax Teller? (which, let's face it, is the real reason why we sit down week after week, isn't it ladies?)


Quiet and mysterious, Dexter is a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department who moonlights as a serial killer. The only difference is that Dexter only kills murderers. Each season on Dexter features a new killer and a new set of problems, (will the PD find out who he really is? Will his sister Deb find out? How about Rita?) and I can promise that it will keep you on the edge of your seat for 8 seasons. And the ending was CRAZZZZYY. See, now you have to watch it to find out what happens!

American Horror Story

We are only halfway into the 2nd season on this so I can't really give you too much info. What I can say is that this show is insane and freaky and completely different than anything I have ever watched before. Sure, it has the violence and sex (which apparently is a requirement for all shows that I watch?) but it also has a crazy story line that jumps from the past to the present. Each season is completely different than the last, introducing new characters and a whole new storyline. Not a bad show to pass the time until we find another one.

So there you have it, 4 shows that should keep you busy for the next few months. Now its your turn--what should we watch next?!?!

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cruise part 2...picture overload

Cruise part 2...picture overload

I literally have no explanation for my extreme procrastination with this post. I pack for vacations a week before we leave, I have checklists for my checklists to make sure I am on top of everything, and we decorated our house last year for Christmas in September...seriously, September. We went on our cruise 6 weeks ago, and the only pictures that you got to see were the few that I took on my cell phone before we lost service for 7 days. Since it is getting chilly outside and I am already dreaming of our next tropical vacay, I figured what better time than now to share the pictures, right? Realistically I am waiting for The Walking Dead to come on and need to pass 30 minutes...either way, you get to enjoy the most beautiful sunset, the bluest water you've ever seen and my sexy hubby...FYI--you are about to enter picture've been warned....

 Here is a shot of our boat, the Carnival Dream...omg it was beautiful!

We cruised out of NOLA and were on the water for 2 and a half days before we got to did we pass the time you ask? Drinking, gambling and taking a billion pictures of course

The wind worked wonders for my hair...obviously

There was a ton of seaweed on the way down

I am obsessed with the towel animals

Seriously, if you have never cruised before, you have no idea how amazing it is to lay in the sun in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico...perfection

What started out as my hubs feeling bad for a little kid who wanted to play ball, turned into 5 kids + the it!

 We took FULL advantage of the free room service...every day

The most beautiful sunsets you will ever see

Mahogany Bay, Honduras

How beautiful is that view!!! 

The Mongolian Wok...hands down the best food on the cruise...not even gonna lie, the cruise is worth the money for this bowl alone

I love how they do the turn down service every night!!

Getting ready to head to Belize...when you dock in Belize the boat parks 5 miles away from the island..Thennnnnn you have to get on the boat ride from-h-e-double hockey stick for 20 minutes...I swear I thought we were going to be taken captive..

Welcome to Belize!!! Ok so I'm going to be completely honest with you (because, why the hell wouldn't I be) and say that I was bored of Belize after like 5 minutes. And there are gates right behind me that say "No Passenger Access" of them was open and we could see into the streets behind us....and ohmygod it was scary

Remember the boat ride I mentioned above...this was the boat....

 The crazy pilot boat that butts up to the ship to let the pilot jump off and on...all of this while moving 10 knots...

...but first...lemme take a selfie....

love him!!!!

Towel folding contest on the deck...they were amazing!!!

Cozumel was our favorite port again..lots of shopping and the most amazingly blue water in existence. 

This store actually sold drugs and deli...prescriptions and sandwiches..had to take a picture, because obviously

And just for good measure I'll show you a picture of the time I thought our boat caught on fire and the other time when the quarterback was macking on the skanky teenage girl below our balcony

And there you have it folks, an entire week summed up in 70 or so pictures. I know that there were wayyyyy too many pictures so if you made it to the end, bravo. And now I'm off to plan my next vacation because it's Sunday and I hate Mondays.

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